Weekend Fire Hits Celanese Clear Lake Facility in Pasadena, TX

Celanese Corporation, September 23, 2019

On Saturday, September 21 at approximately 12:00 p.m. Central time, a localized fire occurred at the Celanese Clear Lake facility in Pasadena, Texas. On-site emergency personnel extinguished the fire quickly, and appropriate regulatory and first responder agencies were notified and mobilized at the scene to support the incident. All Celanese, site partner and contractor employees are accounted for and no injuries were reported. No shelter in place was issued, and the emergency was cleared at 4:30 p.m. local time. The cause of the incident is currently under investigation.

On Sunday, Celanese announced it has teams in place assessing the damage and any related repair work needed to safely and efficiently restart operations.  At this time, Celanese unit operations including acetic acid and vinyl acetate are down. The Fairway methanol unit is also idle. Shipping operations at Clear Lake and associated terminals are expected to continue without interruption.

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